Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Christmas Greeting to the Nation, 1933

WE in the Nation’s capital are gathered around this symbolic tree celebrating the coming of Christmas; in spirit we join with millions of others, men and women and children, throughout our own land and in other countries and continents, in happy and reverent observance of the spirit of Christmas. For me and for my family […]

President Lincoln’s Proclamation of Thanksgiving, October 3, 1863

By the President of the United States of America. A Proclamation. The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, […]

President Woodrow Wilson, Independence Day address, 1914

“The most patriotic man, ladies and gentlemen, is sometimes the man who goes in the direction that he thinks right even when he sees half the world against him. It is the dictate of patriotism to sacrifice yourself if you think that that is the path of honor and of duty. Do not blame others […]

John Adams’s Salute to Independence Day

“But the Day is past. The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion […]

The Saga of Sergeant York

In April 2012, Adventures in Odyssey, America’s longest-running radio drama, broadcast a four-part series dramatizing the life of Alvin C. York, a Tennessee backwoodsman who became a World War I hero. Under heavy fire, York successfully overpowered a German machine gun emplacement, ultimately capturing 132 soldiers. Remarkably, York was a conscientious objector. Sound designers Christopher […]

President Harry S. Truman on America’s Christian Heritage

Mr. Chairman, Dr. Pruden, my friends: I am happy to have the privilege of speaking to this meeting of the Washington Pilgrimage of American Churchmen. You have come to the Nation’s Capital to visit its monuments and to look at the basic documents on which our Government was founded. Many people come to Washington to […]

The Queen’s Christmas Message, 2011

From Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of England, a Christmas message, recorded December 9, 2011, presented December 25, 2011: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olEp_3Spc1g The text is provided here. Here is an excerpt: Finding hope in adversity is one of the themes of Christmas. Jesus was born into a world full of fear. The angels came to frightened shepherds […]

President Harry S. Truman, Christmas 1952

Remarks Upon Lighting the National Community Christmas Tree. December 24, 1952 My fellow Americans: As we light this National Christmas tree tonight, here on the White House lawn-as all of us light our own Christmas trees in our own homes–we remember another night long ago. Then a Child was born in a stable. A star […]